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Report shows Charleston major crime at or near seven-year low

Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 2:15 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - New data released by the Charleston Police Department show major crimes are at or near a seven-year low.

The year-end report released during a city council meeting depicts robberies fell to 49 in 2021, compared to 60 in 2020.

“If you look at most major cities, their crimes are up. I think it’s the result of community engagement and effort. Folks are saying we’re taking our neighborhoods back and work with law enforcement,” said Charleston Chief of Police Tyke Hunt.

There were 73 malicious wounding arrests as compared to 95 the previous year.

Also in 2021, fewer burglaries, data shows there were 100 fewer burglaries were reported in 2021 than in the previous year.

In 2021, there were nine murders, that’s down 25 percent, as for 2020, there were 12 murders for the year.

Seven of those murders happened in the city’s West Side.

Chief Hunt says the agency’s improved overall response times by 45 seconds.

CPD did arrest fewer individuals, in both adults and juveniles. The number has decreased since 2016.

In 2021, 28 juveniles were arrested, three less than the previous year.

“Our youth is our future. You can’t arrest the youth out of problems they’re experiencing. We need to figure out the problem and find out what’s the solution to help them succeed,” Hunt said.

While major crimes decreased, the number of crashes rose by 70.

In 2020, 1,505 vehicle crashes were reported.

In 2021, 1,575 vehicle crashes were reported.

The number of traffic-related citations issued by CPD nearly doubled.

In 2021, 8,247 citations were issued.

Crime statistics are provided in the report for crime categories between the years 2015 and 2021, with a breakdown of the crimes that occurred in the East, West, and South districts.

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